SPAIN — (08-24-22) — Here is a story for the record books as an Italian man has been diagnosed with Covid-19, HIV and monkeypox simultaneously.  The 36-year old man is the first known case of the concurrence of these three viral diseases, said the Journal of Infection.

According to an article published by the Journal of Infection last Friday, the 36-year-old male spent five days in Spain in June this year, and developed a fever accompanied by a sore throat, fatigue, and a headache nine days later.

A subsequent test yielded a positive result for Covid-19 but to make matters worse, a rash appeared on the patient’s left arm soon thereafter, with small, painful vesicles spreading across the 36 year-old man’s body several days later.

The man sought medical help and was hospitalized in an infectious diseases unit. The patient told doctors that he had had “condomless intercourse with men” during his stay in Spain.

Taking into account the appearance of pustules indicative of monkeypox, samples of the liquid contained in the vesicles were sent to be tested for the virus and came back positive as well.

Subsequent tests were carried out to check if the patient was infected with viral gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis, herpes simplex, and lymphogranuloma venereum. Fortunately, none of these sexually transmitted diseases were detected. However, an HIV-1 test did come back positive.

Despite the combination of the dangerous diseases, the treatment administered by Italian doctors saw the patient recover relatively quickly. In fact visible signs of the monkeypox disease began disappearing almost completely within ten days.

The doctors noted that, given the scarcity of evidence, it is hard to tell at this point if this combination of viruses necessarily aggravates a patient’s condition.

The article points out that, given the rapid spread of monkeypox and the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, doctors worldwide should be aware of how the symptoms of these two diseases can overlap and co-exist.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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